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Journal Journal: So is he a good guy or a bad guy? 8

Daughter's grades too low, dad pulls AK-47, charges say. Two B's instead of straight A's, and dad pulls the AK-47 on the daughter. Thankfully, he did not pull the trigger (he claims it was not loaded at the time).

Before you make an allegation that she could not defend herself in the frozen socialist hellhole known as Minnesota, I will point out to you that they passed concealed carry several years ago; and we're talking about a 15 year old girl who is not old enough to purchase a handgun regardless.
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Journal Journal: Aaron Swartz and I 1

I still remember the day that I nearly met Aaron Swartz. I was at a hackers convention in my bedroom, and as I stared at my computer screen, I started writing a journal entry about some political thing or other. I forget which. But anyway, if Aaron had happened to be in my house at the same time on that day, which he wasn't, but if he had, and I'd gone down to the kitchen to get some orange juice, I think it's highly likely we'd have met.

I like to think that Aaron would have read my journal entry and said "Well said, I agree entirely with what you just wrote." And in that regards, I feel like the two of us ultimately were fighting the same war for a greater good. True, Aaron was liberating locked down academic information that should have been available to everyone, and I was probably complaining about the lack of universal healthcare, or criticising the latest version of Ubuntu, but in the sense that we were both "out there", saying what we believed in and fighting for what we believed in, and I'm sure Aaron would have agreed with me, I think we were on the same team.

RIP Aaron Swartz.

(c) All IT commentators and pundits


Journal Journal: Blockbuster to close 3/8ths of what few they still have 6

Do you still have a Blockbuster Video near you? Me neither. Apparently they still have ~800 stores across the country. Well, they did, until announcing that they'll be closing 300 of them soon . Obviously, their business plan doesn't work any more (though I feel bad particularly for senior citizens who would in general much prefer to rent in a store than stream online).
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Journal Journal: The Bad Guys Are Stopped Only By the Good Guys... 10

The NRA and others keep telling us

The only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun

Well, this weekend, three good guys with guns injured 5 people at different gun shows in the US - on gun appreciation day.

So if licensed "good guys" with guns can't safely handle their weapons, how are they supposed to prevent "bad guys" from killing people?


Journal Journal: The Pudge Dictionary, 2013 Edition, v1.0 5

Constitutional - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

Discussion - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

False - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

Hypocrisy, Hypocrite - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

Liberties, Liberty - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

Lie, Lies, Lying - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

Logic - has no meaning or definition

No - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

Reason, Reasonable, Unreasonable - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

Takeover - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

True, Truth - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

I'm probably forgetting some here, please let me know what else belongs here. Maybe we can scrape some money together and set up a pudge-wiki somewhere?

And of course, my relationship with Pudge goes back to at least October of 2008, when I asked him a question directly related to his journal entry that made him so angry that he promptly added me to his perma-hate list, where I have been for over 4 years now. Perhaps that in and of itself says something about what he thinks about rehabilitation.

Journal Journal: The character assassination of Hillary Clinton 5

Since any opinion piece from any news group qualifies as solid evidence in slashdot political discussion, I submit The character assassination of Hillary Clinton (Washington Post).

This time it's Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose fall and concussion, followed by a blood clot between her brain and skull, has prompted an embarrassment of theories. The gist: That woman will do anything to avoid testifying about Benghazi.

Several commentators on the right opined via Twitter and TV, those most deadly hosts for the parasites of rumor and innuendo, that Clinton was faking her concussion to duck out on her appearance before congressional committees investigating the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Clinton, who fainted as a result of dehydration after a bout of flu, hit her head and suffered a concussion, after which a blood clot was discovered. She had to be hospitalized while blood-thinning medications were administered and monitored.

Although her critics backed off once the clot was reported, initial responses ranged from âoeSheâ(TM)s fakingâ to demands for proof of her concussion.

Can someone tell us now that the CIA placed the blood clot in her head to get her out of this?

It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal Journal: It's a Christmas Miracle!

I thought the pudge-script was forever lost, but it seems someone has started it back up and targeted it at yours truly. I guess it's true that indeed some things never do change...
First Person Shooters (Games)

Journal Journal: And who will pay for that? 14

So the NRA wants every school in the country to have an armed guard, because in their fantasy world one guy with a pistol can prevent any number of nutjobs from coming in with a semi-automatic rifle.

OK, that is strange logic. Even worse, though, the NRA wants congress to pay for their fantasy. Some estimates have said that one full-time armed security agent could cost $80k per year.

Strange, I thought the NRA usually courted the people who want Washington to spend less money. Now they want how many billions for this little adventure?
First Person Shooters (Games)

Journal Journal: Let's get all liquored up ... 17

... and set fire to something we don't understand

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) â" A former Marine admitted Wednesday that he broke into a mosque and set fire to a prayer rug because he wanted revenge for the killings of American troops overseas.

When asked by a federal judge whether he thought all Muslims are terrorists, he answered: "I'd say most of them are."

Prosecutors said Linn drove about two hours from his home to suburban Toledo on Sept. 30 and broke into the mosque where he poured gasoline on the rug and lit it on fire.

He estimated that he had drunk 45 beers over several hours before he decided to drive to Ohio.

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Journal Journal: Not that spamming in /. journals was promising before...

Lately the journal entry spam:nonspam ratio has been a bit higher than usual. A while ago I even noticed one that was " ABC service" in "(town near where I grew up)" and looked to see if I could figure out who was behind it*.

Then today I was looking at new JEs (mostly spam, as usual) and thought I'd try the search function here on slashdot. Rather unsurprisingly, that didn't work, at all. Search for whatever you want, nothing will ever be returned from the journals.

Well done, guys. I guess you accidentally made it more difficult for spammers to find customers on slashdot, but not by much.

*the return was, surprisingly, mostly non-obfuscated. That said, it was not relevant, either. Registration was to some guy in Ft. Lauderdale FL (not even within 2,000 miles of where I grew up) with a hotmail address. Hardly even worth the bother. I also liked how the "mailing address" on the web page itself (not in the WHOIS, but rather displayed on the site itself) was itself bogus.

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